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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Apr 23, 2007 7:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Which Dead/Garcia book should I read?

Any suggestions for a first dip into the GD literature? The top candidates appear to be:

McNally, "A long strange trip"
Jackson, "Garcia"
Scully, "Living with the dead"
Gans and Simon, "Playing with the Band"

Anyone here read all, some, or one of these? Got any advice on where I should start? I tend to prefer non-fiction to fiction, if that helps. Thanks y'all.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Apr 23, 2007 9:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Which Dead/Garcia book should I read?

My opinion: I suggest you stay away from everything except one-on-one interviews (needless to say, I think interviews with Garcia and Hunter either individually or together are the best Source for Insight.) Anything written by Hunter for the cd releases post-Jerry are priceless as well. ('Keene College" cd and the Garcia Box collection.)
I've got a link that may provide some value and save you some cash during your quest. Feel free to send me an email. --- AshesRising

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Poster: Chris Freedom Date: Apr 23, 2007 7:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Which Dead/Garcia book should I read?


All of the above!

I especially like Blair Jackson for The Golden Road he used to publish. The best Dead zine ever!

If you wanted to go crazy you could track down the many interviews that Garcia used to give back in the early years when he used to speak out about what was on his mind more often but i think he finally realized that most people just wanted to ask him dumb questions like "Does the name Grateful Dead bother you?"

Garcia in the later years gave some print interviews on the convergence of the world's calendars , Joseph Cambell myths and T. Mckenna on trips

There is an interview somewhere in this archive with Garcia which I highly suggest you check out. It was either 1978 or 1979. Which is just a glimpse at Garcia on the road just being a regular person someone you would just want to hang with and be better for the experience.

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Poster: Bugz Date: Apr 23, 2007 8:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Which Dead/Garcia book should I read?

for a unique perspective and a writing style that is fascinating try Hank Harrison's The Dead - published 1980, by Celestial Arts, Millbrae California. This is likely out of print but if you do find it it is amazing.

Hank Harrison was purportedly an early GD manager(Warlocks) and includes many stories of other Bay Area luminaries.

One of the only photos of Owsley that i have ever seen is in the book.

Hank Harrison also published the also rare The Dead Book - A Social History Of The Grateful Dead (1973, Links books, New York / London), again likely out of print.

This book came with a 33-1/3 RPM acetate of Neal Cassady at the Straight Theatere in 1967.

Find these two books and your perspective of just where the GD actually fit in history will be enhanced dramatically.


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Poster: Bugz Date: Apr 23, 2007 8:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Which Dead/Garcia book should I read?

An excerpt from The Dead Book:

"One afternoon Jerry and Phil were getting high at Phil's house in Palo Alto and they were hard at work on this new identity idea. Jerry and Phil felt the frustration more than the others and were more eager to focus and find a direction. Ruth Pahkala had an old 1912 dictionary that Garcia was looking through while Phil started pondering Bartlett's Quotations. There was a jolly sort of tension in the house that day almost as if finding a name was a do-or-die proposition.

Phil spouted a few obscurities from Bartlett's as Garcia turned through the dictionary I-Ching style. His eyes fell upon the words Grateful Dead, The. There was a long silence..."What do you think of this one Phil...THE GRATEFUL DEAD! Phil fell off his seat in giddy rails of laughter; it had the right ring, something for everybody, an infinite array of associations Egyptian, Gothic, Mystic."